Mountain West Football: Week 4 Winners And Losers

Who were the big winners and losers from Week 4 of Mountain West football play? We make our picks for who shined and who disappointed.

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Mountain West Football: Week 4 Winners And Losers


We take a look at the Mountain West’s winners and losers from Week 4 of college football.


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Encouragements and letdowns from the week that was.

It was another mixed bag of a weekend across the Mountain West in Week 4, as the conference posted just two victories in seven non-conference games while the race to the championship game got a little clearer in both divisions. Some results were decidedly more of the same while others surprised, which made choosing winners and losers from Friday and Saturday a difficult task.

Winners

1. UNLV linebacker Austin Ajiake

The Rebels offense had another solid performance on the road at Utah State, but it was defense which put UNLV over the top against the Aggies and no one played a bigger role on that front than Ajiake. Not only did the senior post a team-high 11 total tackles, he had a tackle for loss and an interception, as well. One of last year’s more underappreciated athletes, Ajiake deserves more attention for his role in the team’s ongoing leap forward.

2. San Diego State running back Jordan Byrd

The Aztecs had what can only be described as another lackluster offensive performance on Saturday afternoon against Toledo, but the veteran Byrd gave them just enough of a spark to survive a late Rockets rally. He had two runs for a total of 80 yards to open the scoring in the first quarter, then scored the game-winning touchdown from one yard out with less than a minute to go in the fourth quarter.

On the day, Byrd averaged 7.2 yards per carry while the rest of the San Diego State offense averaged 4.07 yards on 41 other plays. With that in mind, he probably deserves more touches as the season progresses.

3. San Jose State

It wasn’t a flawless performance on Saturday night at CEFCU Stadium — the Spartans converted just 3-of-12 third down tries and had 11 penalties — but San Jose State got its vengeance against Western Michigan, after all. The defense forced two first quarter turnovers on downs which turned into 10 points on offense, finishing the night by holding the Broncos to 3.3 yards per play and 206 yards of total offense.

The offense, meanwhile, bounced back from its frustrations at Auburn to average 7.6 yards per play and convert on 4-of-5 red zone opportunities, totaling 20 points. Running back Kairee Robinson had one of the best games of his career with 81 rushing yards and two touchdowns, Chevan Cordeiro had the best game of his season-to-date with 250 passing yards and two touchdowns, and Justin Lockhart and Charles Ross brought explosiveness to the passing game. In a conference race that suddenly feels wide open, don’t overlook the Spartans.

Losers

1. Boise State offensive coordinator Tim Plough

Despite some shuffling on the offensive line, the Broncos offense disappeared once again on Friday night against UTEP but, this time, it did so in a near-historic fashion. Hank Bachmeier completed just 13-of-34 passes for 93 yards and one touchdown while George Holani finished with 75 rushing yards on 16 attempts, and the offense as a whole put up its fewest yards of total offense since 1997.

That poor performance forced the hand of head coach Andy Avalos, who relieved Plough of his coordinator duties the following afternoon. Whether new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will be an improvement or not remains to be seen, but the Broncos are in unfamiliar territory as they look to find some steady footing headed into conference play.

2. Utah State’s offense

Sloppy. Undisciplined. Erratic. The Aggies had their chances to keep things close at home against UNLV on Saturday but wasted them with 11 penalties, their third straight game with that many flags, for 93 yards and five Logan Bonner interceptions. Utah State also struggled yet again on third downs, converting just 4-of-13 opportunities, so despite a valiant effort from Justin McGriff (six catches, 103 yards, one touchdown), the contest served as another harsh reminder that last year’s path to the championship was always going to be a hard one to follow a second time.

3. Hawaii

One step forward, two steps back. That’s probably the best way to describe the Warriors’ lopsided loss to New Mexico State on Saturday seeing as the offense had its best overall game of the year so far, posting 411 yards at 5.4 yards per play and finally completing a pass for a touchdown, but the defense took a big step back and allowed the Aggies to run wild. NMSU wore the Hawaii run defense down to the tune of 357 rushing yards, the team’s most since 2001, and the Warriors had just one tackle for loss in the process.

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Wyoming vs. BYU, live stream, preview, TV channel, time, how to watch college football

The Wyoming Cowboys will meet the BYU Cougars in Week 4 of the college football season on Saturday night from LaVell Edwards Stadium.

The Wyoming Cowboys will meet the BYU Cougars in Week 4 of the college football season on Saturday night from LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Wyoming comes into this game on a three-game winning streak after knocking off Air Force 17-14 in their last game. As for BYU, they will look to bounce back after a 41-20 loss to Oregon last week.

This will be another great Saturday of college football, here is everything you need to know to watch and stream the action.

Wyoming vs. BYU

  • When: Saturday, September 24
  • Time: 10:15 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN2
  • Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)

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Wyoming vs. BYU (-21.5)

O/U: 49.5

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Middle Tennessee’s jaw-dropping 98-yard touchdown perfectly summed up Miami’s very bad day

Not the best from the Hurricanes against Middle Tennessee.

The 2022 Miami Hurricanes have been downgraded to a tropical forlorn.

Miami lost to Conference USA stalwart Middle Tennessee State University Saturday at home, 45-31, which should knock the No. 25 Hurricanes out of the AP rankings come Sunday.

The Blue Raiders came into the game as the 25.5-point underdogs but still walloped Miami with a 17-3 first quarter. MTSU never let up from there.

Things got so bad for the Hurricanes that the team benched sophomore quarterback Tyler Van Dyke in the second half for redshirt freshman Jake Garcia.

Miami’s rough day at the office might be best encapsulated by the play below.

On that play, Middle Tennessee senior QB Chase Cunningham launched a rocket to junior wideout DJ England-Chisolm, who helped deliver a jaw-dropping 98-yard touchdown to get the Blue Raiders a 38-17 margin to start the fourth.

We should also mention that play came right after Middle Tennessee’s defense stuffed Miami on 4th-and-short at the goal line.

After this latest fracas, the Hurricanes might want to avoid Conference USA for a bit.

And to really make things worse, Miami gave Middle Tennessee $1.5 million to show up in Miami Gardens on Saturday and take down the Hurricanes.

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USC vs. Oregon State, live stream, preview, TV channel, time, how to watch college football

The USC Trojans will meet the Oregon State Beavers in a PAC-12 matchup on Saturday night at Reser Stadium.

The USC Trojans will meet the Oregon State Beavers in a PAC-12 matchup on Saturday night at Reser Stadium.

USC is coming off a 45-17 win over Fresno State while they have cruised to a 3-0 start and will be looking for their fourth straight tonight. As for Oregon State, they are coming off a 40-point win over Montana State to improve to 3-0, will they have enough in the tank to stay with the Trojans tonight?

This will be another great Saturday of college football, here is everything you need to know to watch and stream the action.

#7 USC vs. Oregon State

  • When: Saturday, September 24
  • Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: PAC 12 Network
  • Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)

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NCAA Football Odds and Betting Lines

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USC (-5.5) vs. Oregon State

O/U: 70.5

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App State blew a 28-3 lead to James Madison, and of course college football fans had jokes

Obviously.

Appalachian State fans found out what happens when your team blow a 28-3 lead… jokes, embarrassment and lots of references to the Atlanta Falcons.

Despite wearing fancy helmets Saturday against James Madison, the Mountaineers went scoreless in the second half to the Dukes and lost 32-28.

App State had James Madison toasted, you guessed it, 28-3 in the first half before leading 28-10 at the break. Though, the Mountaineers, like the Atlanta Falcons who immortalized the 28-3 blown lead, forgot that you have to score points in the second half to win the game. James Madison certainly did not, rallying for a 22-point comeback to keep its perfect record.

The now 3-0 Dukes entered the day as a popular underdog at +6.5 on the betting lines, meaning that they covered the spread and then some.

Boston College vs. Florida State, live stream, preview, TV channel, time, how to watch college football

The Boston College Eagles will meet the Florida State Seminoles in an ACC matchup on Saturday night from Doak S. Campbell Stadium.

The Boston College Eagles will meet the Florida State Seminoles in an ACC matchup on Saturday night from Doak S. Campbell Stadium.

Boston College is coming off a 38-17 win over Maine to pick up their first win of the season last week, while Florida State comes into tonight’s game with a 3-0 record after knocking off Louisville last week 35-31.

This will be another great Saturday of college football, here is everything you need to know to watch and stream the action.

Boston College vs. Florida State

  • When: Saturday, September 24
  • Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: ACC Network
  • Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)

How to watch College Football this season

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NCAA Football Odds and Betting Lines

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Boston College vs. Florida State (-18.5)

O/U: 48.5

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Kansas State vs. Oklahoma, live stream, preview, TV channel, time, how to watch college football

The Kansas State Wildcats will meet the Oklahoma Sooners in a Big 12 matchup on Saturday night from OU Memorial Stadium.

The Kansas State Wildcats will meet the Oklahoma Sooners in a Big 12 matchup on Saturday night from OU Memorial Stadium.

Kansas State will look to bounce back after a 17-10 loss to Tulane to give them a 2-1 record on the season, while Oklahoma picked up their third straight win when they took down Nebraska 49-14 last week.

This will be another great Saturday of college football, here is everything you need to know to watch and stream the action.

Kansas State at #6 Oklahoma

  • When: Saturday, September 24
  • Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: FOX
  • Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)

How to watch College Football this season

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NCAA Football Odds and Betting Lines

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Kansas State vs. Oklahoma (13.5)

O/U: 52.5

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LeBron James tweeted about his college eligibility and fans on Twitter had jokes

Ok, but if not basketball then which sport?

It’s the first Saturday of fall, college football is having itself a day and NBA training camps are slowly beginning to open.

In other words, sports are alive and well.

There’s rarely ever a dull moment in the world of sports as it is, and today, LeBron James is here to make sure our sports brains do a little extra work.

Completely out of the blue on this fine Saturday afternoon, LeBron posed a question to his 52.2 million Twitter followers — a random one, but a simple one.

The question: “Do I have college eligibility if I want to play another sport besides basketball?”

Based on LeBron’s tweet, it’s unclear what sport he may be talking about. But everyone is assuming it’s football that he’s referring to.

With their assumptions came jokes.

Here’s actual footage of LeBron playing football in high school. You decide for yourself if he’d be a good college player.

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Vanderbilt vs. Alabama, live stream, preview, TV channel, time, how to watch college football

The Vanderbilt Commodores will meet the Alabama Crimson Tide in an SEC matchup on Saturday night from Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The Vanderbilt Commodores will meet the Alabama Crimson Tide in an SEC matchup on Saturday night from Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Vanderbilt will have a tough test this week as they look to build on their 3-1 start to the season, while Alabama is looking for their seventh straight 4-0 season with a win tonight in front of their home crowd.

This will be another great Saturday of college football, here is everything you need to know to watch and stream the action.

Vanderbilt vs. #2 Alabama

  • When: Saturday, September 24
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: SEC Network
  • Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)

How to watch College Football this season

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NCAA Football Odds and Betting Lines

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Vanderbilt vs. Alabama (-40.5)

O/U: 61.5

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FAU vs. Purdue, live stream, preview, TV channel, time, how to watch college football

The Florida Atlantic Owls will meet the Purdue Boilermakers in Week 4 of the college football season on Saturday night from Ross-Ade Stadium.

The Florida Atlantic Owls will meet the Purdue Boilermakers in Week 4 of the college football season on Saturday night from Ross-Ade Stadium.

FAU is looking to rebound after a 40-14 loss as they look for some more offense as they go into their fifth game of the season. Meanwhile, Purdue is in need of a bounce-back game after falling to Syracuse in the final minutes of the game last week.

This will be another great Saturday of college football, here is everything you need to know to watch and stream the action.

FAU vs. Purdue

  • When: Saturday, September 24
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: Big Ten Network
  • Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)

How to watch College Football this season

fuboTV has complete NCAA college football coverage (CBS, FOX, ESPN) as well as ACC Network, Big 10 Network, ESPNU, Pac12, and more. fuboTV includes every network you need to watch every college football game in your market.
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NCAA Football Odds and Betting Lines

NCAA odds courtesy of Tipico Sportsbook. Odds were updated at 2:00 p.m. ET on Saturday.

FAU vs. Purdue (-16.5)

O/U: 57.5

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